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Get a March on, a week of tasks in the garden …

There are lots of tasks to start in March, here’s one for you … from The Wrigglers

The worms have spent some time thinking of tasks in the garden for March this week. There’s quite a few to dos. Here they are in one slideshow for you … follow our blog to get more daily gardening cartoons, tasks and tips.

  • a cartoon about slugs waking up in march and finding eggshells around their plants – one slug asks, "did you order eggs with your hosta?
  • Cartoon about spacing your onion sets 10 cms apart – roughly the size of an average eartworm – one worm says to the other, On no account should an earthworm be a replacement for a ruler
  • March is a good time to plant your spring flowering bulbs. This a cartoon shares the tip that you should wait til the soil is 12 gerees in telpaerature. One work says to the other worm, canna (meaning the bulb) which the other work replies, only if the soil is 12 degrees or more
  • Gardening cartoon from the wrigglers. Dividing perennials is a job to be done while the plants are dormant, and before they wake up for Spring. The advice is to try gently dividing to start with , and when all else fails use an axe. One worm says to the other, lose th gntle approach for tougher roots
  • March is the time to smarten up your pots - refresh the soil on the top layer, for example. The cartoon is of two worms having dressed up for the occasion, one is wearing a bow tie, the other a 'wormsie'
  • hard pruning dogwood and other plants with colourful bark. You can hard prune these plants to get colourful regrowth that will add colour to you plant and garden the following winter. The dogwood image is of a plant that has been hard pruned. The worm says, "That's a hard prune." The other worm says, "if it was easy, everyone would be doing it"

It’s March and the garden is starting to spring into life a bit. It’s still cold … the worms are making it a bit brighter with some cartoons of ‘what to do’.

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If you haven’t already, take a look at our Put Pollinators First page, supporting the BBC Gardener’s World campaign to reduce the decline of insects and bees in our gardens. Join the campaign and plant some wild flowers in your garden, as well as pruning your dogwoods.

That’s enough from the worms, here’s some tip-top advise from the experts

Including protecting your plants from slugs advice.

Gardener’s World talk about feeding your soil

RHS talk about what to do this month – spring is in sight …

Garden Organic talk about what to plant this month

Great direction, packed full of links and further reading

Year-round garden pruning guide

Great advice and full of quick and simple tips too, for example … don’t cut into tender plants or evergreens right now as their top growth provides insulation from penetrating cold.

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